How To Differentiate Between Chambray & Denim Fabrics?


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Are you a Garment manufacturer who is confused between the choice of Chambray Fabric and Denim Fabric for your garment collection? If yes, then do watch out this video till end. 

Hello, this is Tushar from Charu Creation Pvt Ltd, a fashion fabric company at Nehru Place, New Delhi. So friends, both Chambray and Denim are made of cotton. In both the fabrics, dyed warp yarns generally of blue color and white weft yarns are used. But there are some differences. The first difference lies in the yarn count of the cotton used. The yarn count for denim ranges from English Cotton Count (Ne) 4.0 to English Cotton Count (Ne) 12.5 whereas Yarn count of chambray ranges from English Cotton Count (Ne) 12.5 to English Cotton Count (Ne) 60. Please remember, in the English Cotton Count Yarn count system, the larger the number the finer the yarn and vice versa.

 To state it in very simple terms; a heavier, coarser and thicker yarn is used to make Denim than Chambray. The second difference is use of different weaves. While Denim is constructed in Twill weave, Chambray is constructed in plain weave. As a result, the inner side of the denim fabric is lighter in color than the outer side. In case of Chambray, both sides of this fabric are of the same color. Because of these 2 differences, Chambray has a softer texture, softer touch than denim, is more breathable than Denim and therefore more suitable for making spring and summer tops, jumpsuits, and dresses. Chambray is also widely used for making Ties and Pocket Squares. Denim on the other hand is more rugged and durable. 

Because of its heavier ruggedness and durability, Denim is used for making Jeans, Jackets, even bags and shoes. A fun fact, in early twentieth-century United States, many laborers wore denim pants and chambray shirts, which led to the term “blue collar jobs.” To view our collection of Chambray and Denim Fabrics, you may click the links below.

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